Teach Yourself Xhosa New Edition (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) Paperback – 21 Nov 2003
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A complete course in Xhosa for beginners and those wanting to improve their speaking, understanding, reading and writing skills
About the Author
Beverley Kirsch has taught Xhosa at the medical schools of the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch as well as at various multinational companies and various other institutions.
Silvia Skorge, linguist, was Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of the Western Cape and has been involved in producing textbooks in several other languages.
Sindiwe Magona, one of South Africa's well-known contemporary authors, taught Xhosa at school and university level until she took up a position at the United Nations in New York in the 1980s.
Their collaboration spans more than 25 years.
Top customer reviews
The cassettes are invaluable too, especially when it comes to those difficult click sounds that occur in Xhosa and other Southern African languages.
All in all, it is a fast, fun and effective course and one that I could definately recommend to any potential Xhosa students!
Xhosa is one of South Africa's 11 official languages. Together with the closely related Zulu it is the most widely spoken native language of South Africa. It was also the language of President Mandela.
Like most languages south of the Sahara it is a Bantu language, which means (inter alia) that it has 15 noun classes and uses lexical tone to distinguish words.
Xhosa, and to a lesser degree Zulu, has borrowed some of the 'click sounds' that are characteristic of the neighbouring but unrelated Khoisan languages. These sounds are difficult to master, and in some cases even difficult for the non-native to distinguish (even if you are a linguist as I am), but they are very fascinating and make the languages that possess them highly expressive.
It is important to have the tape if you want to learn how to speak Xhosa. Especially as the book will only in a very few cases tell you which tones to use. This is the only serious flaw, but it should be remembered, that most language courses that deal with tone languages actually skip tone information in the books, so that is the standard way of doing it. I therefore give this book (with the tape!) 5 stars in spite of the lacking tonal information.
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